As you know, Parcevall Hall and the gardens are closed until further notice.
To accompany you during Holy Week, and at this particularly difficult time, here are the words written by our Chaplain, Canon Graham Bettridge, for a booklet which was published by the Friends of Parcevall Hall to accompany the photograph of each station taken by Enid Pyrah.
Jesus is condemned to death
For those who are called to administer justice, political prisoners, people unjustly locked away, the social outcast and the rough sleeper.
Jesus receives the cross
For a renewal of the vocation that draws us, and rediscovery of the companionship of Christ each step of our way.
Jesus falls the first time
For a balance of our being and faith when personal doubt and anxieties seem to become overwhelming.
Jesus meets His Mother
For all who have care of children; all parents, all orphans, refugee families, and all the lost and neglected in our complex society.
Simon of Cyrene is compelled to carry the cross
For those who grow weary in well doing, for the reinvigorating of our witness to Our Lord through the hospitality of care and service.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
We thank God for the kindnesses received, and for the comfort of companions on the journey of life, those who walk with us today and those who will always be part of us.
Jesus falls a second time
For folk terrified by war and the exploitation of the vulnerable, for trafficked children and the new slavery flourishing in our own communities.
Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
For a fresh springtime in our churches and homes, a re-presentation of all we find in Our Lord for today,
Jesus falls for a third time
The tapestry of faith reflected in all folk we meet; “Sir, we would see Jesus”, especially within those we find difficult.
Jesus is stripped of his garments
For the bullied whose life is made miserable, and the fearful of ridicule and hurt at work, but also at home.
Jesus is nailed to the Cross
The hospice movement; the nurse, the doctor, the volunteers and the cleaners; the atmosphere of the oasis of hope at a dark time.
Jesus dies on the Cross
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”
The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross
For all who experience in their loved ones sudden death, all children’s deaths, those who taken their own life, and all who die daily through unreasonable fear, mental illness and addiction.
The body of Jesus is laid in the Sepulchre
Light of the faithful and Shepherd of our souls, sustain us all and reawaken us each dawn with faith alert and courage high,